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April 24, 2005

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david crosby

In 1985, former Byrds guitarist Chris Hillman recalled his time living at "Burrito Manor" in Reseda, CA with fellow ex-Byrd, Gram Parsons, as one most creatively fruitful periods for the two, who by then had formed the legendary alt. country band the Flying Burrito Brothers:

"To this day the most productive time I've ever had, including all the bands I was ever in, the most productive time was living with [Parsons] in Reseda in 1968 when I was getting a divorce and so was he and we shared a house and we were putting the Burritos together then. We didn't have a drummer, we had Chris Ethridge and Sneaky Pete. We woke up in the morning and we would write every morning.... It was a great time. To this day I've never peaked like that working with other people."

The two wrote some of the most memorable tunes of both their careers during this period, including "Christine's Tune (Devil in Disguise)," "Wheels," "Juanita," and "Sin City," Hillman's jab at Byrds manager Larry Spector.

gram

three notable former cleavland high school cavaliers:

(1) Harvey Levin, Class of 1968 - Co-Producer, "Peoples Court"

http://celebrityjustice.warnerbros.com/about/producers/harvey.html

(2) Pamela Miller, Class of 1966-Author [and famous lusty groupie, herself] (Pamela Des Barres)

http://www.swinginchicks.com/pamela_desbarres.htm

(3) Max Boot, Class of 1987, Editor "Wall Street Journal", Author

http://www.cfr.org/bio.php?id=5641

JW

More on Reseda: In Boogie Nights, the disco where Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) discovers Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) is located in Reseda.

Easy Rider, indeed.

gram

Re: Reseda, CA. (and Ralph Macchio)---

The Karate Kid is about a teenaged boy, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who moves with his mother from New Jersey to the San Fernando Valley town of Reseda, CA. The handyman of their apartment building is a kindly and humble Okinawan immigrant named Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita).

The last night of summer, Daniel and his new friends, including Ali (Elisabeth Shue), are at the beach, when Ali's boyfriend Johnny (William Zabka) and his friends, pull up on motorcycles. Johnny and Ali begin arguing, and Ali blasts a radio. Angered, Johnny throws the radio to the ground. Daniel moves to pick it up, and ignores Johnny's warning not to get involved. Soon Daniel and Johnny fight, but Daniel loses. Unwittingly, Daniel has made an enemy of one of Cobra Kai karate dojo's best students. This "Cobra Kai" dojo is an arguably over-the-top portrayal of a sadistic, macho, and prideful form of martial arts, perhaps a symbolic representation of the "dark side" of martial arts.

Johnny and his cronies torment Daniel as much as they can. When Daniel retaliates with a prank at a Halloween dance, he is pursued by Johnny and his friends, who proceed to beat him until he can barely stand. Just then, Mr. Miyagi intervenes and rescues Daniel in a surprising display of karate. Daniel, upon learning this, asks Mr. Miyagi to be his teacher, or sensei.

With some persuasion, Miyagi agrees to accompany Daniel to confront the sensei of the Cobra Kai dojo and insist that he tell his students to stop their harassment of Daniel. However, the sensei, Kreese (Martin Kove), is a vicious fighter who regularly barks out condemnations of mercy or restraint. To settle the matter, Miyagi announces Daniel will enter a Valley-wide tournament where Cobra Kai students can fight Daniel on equal terms. Miyagi also requests that Johnny and his friends stop bullying Daniel in the interim while the boy is trained. Kreese assents and orders his students to leave Daniel alone, but threatens that if Daniel does not appear at the tournament, the harassment will resume and Miyagi himself will be targeted as well.

Mr. Miyagi becomes Daniel's surrogate father, but Daniel is impatient and sometimes puzzled by Miyagi's teaching methods and behavior. For instance, instead of standard instruction, Miyagi initially has Daniel spend the day performing laborious chores (most famously, waxing the car) which he insists must be done with specific hand and arm movements. Eventually, Daniel angrily confronts Miyagi about this labor and Miyagi shows him that in doing those chores with those movements, Daniel has in fact being subconsciously learning his defensive blocks, the vital first step in karate training. As the training continues, Miyagi instructs Daniel in such techniques such as the famous arms-spread-like-wings one legged kick to the chin called the Crane Kick. As the story and the training move on, Daniel learns from Miyagi not only karate, but also about life, and the role of such values as balance. This reflects the belief that martial arts training is about training of the spirit as much as the body.

At the tournament, Daniel is still an underdog. Miyagi has trained him well, however; in a final scene made in true Avildsen fashion, an injured Daniel, barely able to stand, beats his final opponent, none other than Johnny, by using the Crane Kick. At the end of the movie, Johnny acknowledges Daniel respectfully while Miyagi looks on approvingly.

The Karate Kid spawned an entire franchise of related items and memorabilia, such as action figures, head bands, posters, t-shirts, etc. It also had three sequels, and it launched the careers of Macchio, who would turn into a teen idol featured on the covers of magazines such as Tiger Beat, Morita, who made several other movies including the three sequels, and Elisabeth Shue. It has also been credited with renewing youth interest in martial arts, with an emphasis on personal discipline rather than the often gratuitous and cinematic violence that martial arts films are known for. The characters of Daniel and his mother are noteworthy as positive media portrayals of Italian Americans.

Its last sequel, The Next Karate Kid (1994), launched the career of actress Hilary Swank, who played Mr. Miyagi's new female student.

gram

RE: Reseda, CA and R. Macchio---

The Karate Kid is about a teenaged boy, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who moves with his mother from New Jersey to the San Fernando Valley town of Reseda, CA. The handyman of their apartment building is a kindly and humble Okinawan immigrant named Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita, stunt work by Fumio Demura).

The last night of summer, Daniel and his new friends, including Ali (Elisabeth Shue), are at the beach, when Ali's boyfriend Johnny (William Zabka) and his friends, pull up on motorcycles. Johnny and Ali begin arguing, and Ali blasts a radio. Angered, Johnny throws the radio to the ground. Daniel moves to pick it up, and ignores Johnny's warning not to get involved. Soon Daniel and Johnny fight, but Daniel loses. Unwittingly, Daniel has made an enemy of one of Cobra Kai karate dojo's best students. This "Cobra Kai" dojo is an arguably over-the-top portrayal of a sadistic, macho, and prideful form of martial arts, perhaps a symbolic representation of the "dark side" of martial arts.

Johnny and his cronies torment Daniel as much as they can. When Daniel retaliates with a prank at a Halloween dance, he is pursued by Johnny and his friends, who proceed to beat him until he can barely stand. Just then, Mr. Miyagi intervenes and rescues Daniel in a surprising display of karate. Daniel, upon learning this, asks Mr. Miyagi to be his teacher, or sensei.

With some persuasion, Miyagi agrees to accompany Daniel to confront the sensei of the Cobra Kai dojo and insist that he tell his students to stop their harassment of Daniel. However, the sensei, Kreese (Martin Kove), is a vicious fighter who regularly barks out condemnations of mercy or restraint. To settle the matter, Miyagi announces Daniel will enter a Valley-wide tournament where Cobra Kai students can fight Daniel on equal terms. Miyagi also requests that Johnny and his friends stop bullying Daniel in the interim while the boy is trained. Kreese assents and orders his students to leave Daniel alone, but threatens that if Daniel does not appear at the tournament, the harassment will resume and Miyagi himself will be targeted as well.

Mr. Miyagi becomes Daniel's surrogate father, but Daniel is impatient and sometimes puzzled by Miyagi's teaching methods and behavior. For instance, instead of standard instruction, Miyagi initially has Daniel spend the day performing laborious chores (most famously, waxing the car) which he insists must be done with specific hand and arm movements. Eventually, Daniel angrily confronts Miyagi about this labor and Miyagi shows him that in doing those chores with those movements, Daniel has in fact being subconsciously learning his defensive blocks, the vital first step in karate training. As the training continues, Miyagi instructs Daniel in such techniques such as the famous arms-spread-like-wings one legged kick to the chin called the Crane Kick. As the story and the training move on, Daniel learns from Miyagi not only karate, but also about life, and the role of such values as balance. This reflects the belief that martial arts training is about training of the spirit as much as the body.

At the tournament, Daniel is still an underdog. Miyagi has trained him well, however; in a final scene made in true Avildsen fashion, an injured Daniel, barely able to stand, beats his final opponent, none other than Johnny, by using the Crane Kick. At the end of the movie, Johnny acknowledges Daniel respectfully while Miyagi looks on approvingly.

The Karate Kid spawned an entire franchise of related items and memorabilia, such as action figures, head bands, posters, t-shirts, etc. It also had three sequels, and it launched the careers of Macchio, who would turn into a teen idol featured on the covers of magazines such as Tiger Beat, Morita, who made several other movies including the three sequels, and Elisabeth Shue. It has also been credited with renewing youth interest in martial arts, with an emphasis on personal discipline rather than the often gratuitous and cinematic violence that martial arts films are known for. The characters of Daniel and his mother are noteworthy as positive media portrayals of Italian Americans.

Its last sequel, The Next Karate Kid (1994), launched the career of actress Hilary Swank, who played Mr. Miyagi's new female student.

Klaas

Another Reseda reference of note:
"You are going to Reseda, to make love to a model from Ohio whose real name you don't know."
-Soul Coughing, "Screenwriter's Blues"

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